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May26

Weekly Lower Snake River Passage, 5/26/17

Chinook A total of 5,059 spring Chinook salmon have crossed Lower Granite Dam as of 5/25/17.  In 2016, a total of 42,093 had passed by now.  The ten year average on this date is 43,019. Steelhead A total of 7,291 steelhead have crossed as of 5/25/17....
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May23

Idaho Fish & Game sets Chinook season closures

IDFG sets chinook season closures Only fishing in Hells Canyon will remain open By ERIC BARKER of the Lewiston Tribune Idaho’s spring chinook season will end early on the Clearwater, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers but continue on the Snake River...
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May18

Growing support in Lewiston, Idaho for dam breaching

Three recent Letters to the Editor in the Lewiston Tribune have supported the breaching of the four lower Snake River dams.  Citizens are having visions of a thriving economy based on a revitalized riverfront, recovered fish stocks, and 140 additional...
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May17

Chinook & Steelhead returns to Bonneville Dam, 5/17/17

Chinook As of 5/15/17, the current and recent past counts of Spring Chinook Salmon that have passed Bonneville dam and entered the Columbia River system are: 2017:  33,798 2016:  109,650 10 yr avg:  124,691 It appeared that the run had finally started...
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May17

Anemic returns close salmon fishing on Snake

Anemic return leads managers to close salmon fishing on Snake Area biolgists, hatchery officials monitoring the spring run of chinook Lewiston Tribune A new forecast that slashed the expected return of spring chinook to the Columbia River and its tributaries...
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May16

Weekly Lower Snake River Report, 5/16/17

The weekly update:  A total of 234 spring Chinook salmon have crossed Lower Granite Dam as of 5/15/17.  In 2016, a total of 29,544 had passed by now.  The ten year average on this date is 25,823. A total of 7,258 steelhead have crossed as of 5/15/17....
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May16

Another failure of fish passage equipment at Little Goose Dam

High river flows can be hazardous for smolts Debris in bypass system blamed for death of salmon, steelhead young By ERIC BARKER of the Tribune Debris carried by high flows on the Snake River continues to cause fish passage problems at Little Goose Dam,...
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May09

Chinook & Steelhead Returns to Bonneville Dam, 5/9/17

The 2017 spring adult Chinook salmon and Steelhead migration to the Columbia River basin has begun.  Bonneville dam is the first dam encountered by salmon and steelhead adults as they return to their natal waters to spawn.  Fish destined for the middle...
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May09

Lower Snake River Weekly Report 5/9/17

As of May 8th, 2017, a total of 92 spring Chinook had passed Lower Granite Dam on the lower Snake River.  By this time last year, 4,814 had passed.  And the 10-year average is 11,254.  I was planning to go fishing this weekend, but I think that would...
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May08

BPA fails to give Snake/Columbia dams proper credit

    A new report published by Oregon State University (OSU) and funded by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), blames ocean conditions in 2015 for the poor Chinook salmon...
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